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DEANO30

The Day i got sucked into fishing.

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It all started out when i was 9 years old and watching an episode of john wilson in a boat with a snapped rod holding both pieces together trying to land a huge catfish while being pulled downstream by it ... the battle was epic and i just new i needed to be doing that.

 

2 weeks later after turning my dads ears into ashes i had the basic gear and no idea all i new is i wanted to go fishing.

 

A few more weeks later and i had arrived at my first 8 hour session on the river lea my dad sorted the rod and cast me into the river i was fishing :)

 

A few mins later i was into the biggest tangle i had ever seen in my life the float was throu the top eye and the hook in my chair and the reel was being strangled to withing an inch of its life but i was stubbon and i new one day i would get there.

 

Fast Forward 20 years ... Yes its 2017

 

Now im 30 and after 3 years away i fill like that 9 year old boy all over again but this time im prepared.

 

Now i no its not everyones cup of tea but i myself go into a trance like state when i see them lips about to take my surface bait.

 

For thoes few secounds that seem like hours with the sun burning my head and sweat dripping down my face and everything else in life is put to one side and its me v them.

 

Yes from roach and pearch to tench and bream i stumbled across my first river monster aged 10 i banked my first ever 6 lb common to me it was massive a fish of dreams and how did i catch it ... chum mixer a basic off the shelf bait that anyone can pick up.

 

Since that day surface fishing for carp became an addiction and i have been to many lakes,ponds and rivers all across essex in pursuit of monsters.

 

My setup is an esp mk2 floater rod with 10 or 12lb line straight throu to a size 10 hook ... no controller (EVER).

 

My bait is pedegree chum mixer standard size.

 

Lay them out on a flat tray boil kettle pour hot water over them untill they are just about floating ... leave for 1 hour ... transfer to bait bin seal up and allow to got cold overnight.

 

Now when im at the lake i never use a controller ... if you setup the same and prepare the bait right they should be little bouncy balls of rubber but still stiff on the inside abit like a dime bar

 

If you hook the bait and cast right with the wind behind you you can hit 40 yards if the fish are beyond that range dnt bother fishing for them they are that far out for a reason a controller will only spook them more and anything over 40 yards you will be watching the controller not the bait.

 

This Year i have my target and if from what i experienced a few years back i hope no one has noticed it and mabey a very local and very popular day ticket water that 9/10 would not even bother fishing because of its reputation will be on here with a fish of a lifetime.

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Thanks for that post Deano , it reminds me what I've been missing from my fishing .

 

I always used to  stalk Carp just like you , with sitting down and fishing stationary ( with a float ledger )  as a back up method .

 

Due to having to change waters I haven't stalked for too long , and you've awakened a sleeping desire in me .

 

Thanks .

 

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Thanks for that post Deano , it reminds me what I've been missing from my fishing .

 

I always used to stalk Carp just like you , with sitting down and fishing stationary ( with a float ledger ) as a back up method .

 

Due to having to change waters I haven't stalked for too long , and you've awakened a sleeping desire in me .

 

Thanks .

 

:wink:

Me personally i like being on the move gives me a chance to catch fish i may not have been able to on the day if for instance they were holed up in a certain area that was a few degrees warmer or had a rich natural food source you no that they can spend weeks in one part of the lake and not move.

 

I do fish on the bottom now and then ... i start off every session with the basic tackle i need and stalk it .. if i find them and after an hour or two i have had no luck but i no the fish are there i will go back to the van and grab the rest of my kit and move in.

 

This has worked very well for me in the past and i reckon it adds atleast 25% more banked fish than if i just setup and put my baits out on spots.

 

Im glad to see that others enjoy this way of fishing for a big un ... best wishes for the new season ... tight lines fella.

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My bait is pedegree chum mixer standard size.

 

Lay them out on a flat tray boil kettle pour hot water over them untill they are just about floating ... leave for 1 hour ... transfer to bait bin seal up and allow to got cold overnight.

 

 

 

another way to add an edge is to drop a jello cube into a pint of boiling water and then pour that over your mixers.

follow your own instructions from there on, they will be just like little rubber balls and cast better too, then theres the added attraction of the jello flavour :lol:

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another way to add an edge is to drop a jello cube into a pint of boiling water and then pour that over your mixers.

follow your own instructions from there on, they will be just like little rubber balls and cast better too, then theres the added attraction of the jello flavour :lol:

Ill take note and will make a side dish for them and see how they perform the added weight might give me a few extra yards.

 

Most of my fishing is done using simple setups and rigs and simple baits ... i try not to get involved with the next best thing ... i find keeping it simple works and has done for many people over many years.

 

i could be blowing my own trumpet here as a few times i have ventured into the unknown and brought things i never needed or used that much and have done a major baiting campain using the (bait they are on) at the time.

 

The results where a 3 month blank ... my blank ended the same day i went back to my basic rigs and baits ... from that day i keep it simple ... try not to overthink the situation and just do what i do and 9/10 times the bites come.

 

I no for a fact that season the go to bait cost me fish ... not saying it dont work as i have seen it work on other venues and some of my mates have been hauling using that method ... each to his own.

 

Thanx for the recipe ... ill try not to eat them ")

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I must admit that when ever i have surfaced fished , i have fished with Floating crust very rearly do i use mixers , i guess its because thats the way i fished as a kid .

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I must admit that when ever i have surfaced fished , i have fished with Floating crust very rearly do i use mixers , i guess its because thats the way i fished as a kid .

I prefer mixers over crust ... you can cast further and easier with them , dont come off the hook ... and you can pull them in and out the water without having to re-bait everytime ... also i find when using crust the birds seem to notice alot sooner ... but as you said you been fishing that way since you were a kid and if thats what you like and prefer then do be it.

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My bait is pedegree chum mixer standard size.

 

Lay them out on a flat tray boil kettle pour hot water over them untill they are just about floating ... leave for 1 hour ... transfer to bait bin seal up and allow to got cold overnight.

 

Now when im at the lake i never use a controller ... if you setup the same and prepare the bait right they should be little bouncy balls of rubber but still stiff on the inside abit like a dime bar

 

If you hook the bait and cast right with the wind behind you you can hit 40 yards if the fish are beyond that range dnt bother fishing for them they are that far out for a reason a controller will only spook them more and anything over 40 yards you will be watching the controller not the bait.

 

 

 hi deano , 

once soaked for an hour , are you taking them out the water or sicking the lot in the bait box ? 

 

I love catching off the top , but have always struggled with mixers 

 

dave 

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hi deano ,

once soaked for an hour , are you taking them out the water or sicking the lot in the bait box ?

 

I love catching off the top , but have always struggled with mixers

 

dave

Hi dave my guide is as follows

 

Spread them out on a flat tray something with an edge on it to hold water basically you want them butted up against eachother so the tray is covered.

 

Pour water from the kettle over them untill they are just about floating in the tray ... leave them to sit untill they swell and become jammed together ... you will no when they are ready as they will become a pale colour and be quite squishy.

 

Now move them around and drain off any excess water ... then lay them flat again on the tray and just let them sit for a good 30 mins outside in the air.

 

I then put them straight into my bait bucket and seal the lid and bring the bucket indoors and allow them to warm in the bucket.

 

By the time you get to the bank and open the bucket they will be little balls of rubber.

 

I normally use 1 biscuit to a size 10 standard pattern eyed drennan hook ... put the hook point in the middle and twist the hook towards you all you should see is the hook eye and the line coming out of the biscuit.

 

Also i have noticed on a sunny day if you leave a few on a tray in the sun the outer will get a crusty skin on it and they will stay on the hook even better ... but they soon swell up again after a good 5 mins in the water.

 

I have caught fish everywhere off the top on these ... years ago i had the biggest fish in the lake at the time on these an unknown fish that was thort to be one of a few stocked years earlier that had grown on ... it was hooked in top lip and when i went to remove the hook the skirt was still present ... the bailiff at the time said it was the first time he had laid eyes on the fish and side it was more than likely the first time it had ever been banked.

 

That day got me thinking is there fish out there that almost feed entirely off the top or in the upper layers as the water was fished by mainly ledger anglers.

 

Thats a whole story on its own :wink:

 

Hope the info helps.

 

Tight lines Dean.

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cheers dean , I'll give it a go , I normally use crust on the top but I always find that once dipped there is a 1.5 second time window of casting time , before the crust becomes to soft and lands at the required distance without the hook !!!

 

 

dave  

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The Day Draws Closer

So its been a few weeks and i have been collecting a few different bits and bobs and getting everything ready for my first day in over 3 years.

New rigs ... new bait ... new water ... its going to be one hell of a learning curve so much has changed in the time away and i fill carp fishing has moved on so much in 3 years its almost left me behind.

Chod rig ive never even heard of it before ... wraps they sell them down dark alleys dont they ?? spomb are we now blowing them out the water ??

Well ill try anything just to get my head around its concept and how it works so yes im now armed with a spomb and some wraps and a rig that looks like it was stolen out of stephen hawkings bedroom so if you see me trying my wraps out and casting spombs into the water 50 yards past that strange looking thing on the bottom i would like to apologise now for anything that may happen.

Thats all for now i will keep this updated so check in from time to time as pics ... videos and im sure some great storys will be coming soon.

Dean.

 

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just think how much its changed in the twenty years , since I last seriously fished , all I can remember is a very simple hair rig , fished running or fixed leads , float and free lined , boilies were around , but most of the baits were bread , worm , cheese , trout pellet paste , maggots , pva was just starting to creep in , but im sure it was just string not bags . most rods were 10 or 11 ft and you fished with an open bail arm with the line in a clip watching your monkey climber !!

 

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